7s two ob­jec­tives

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Epeli Rabua,

Ta­mavua

The Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s, first of two ob­jec­tives for 2016 has been achieved. The Voda­fone Fi­jians in their God fear­ing splen­dor have once again cap­tured the World Sevens Se­ries with back-to-back ti­tles.

And it is now of­fi­cial, the Fi­jian 7s team are the team to beat at the Olympic Games in Rio come Au­gust.

With the first ob­jec­tive for 2016 al­ready achieved on the first day of the com­pe­ti­tion in Lon­don, the sports com­men­ta­tors af­ter get­ting over the Jar­ryd Hayne saga, who by the way showed glimpses of his great­ness and proved he could play 7s rugby at its high­est level; were just amazed at the dis­ci­pline shown by the Fi­jian boys. The team no longer showed stress nor were ever flus­tered. Ev­ery game and I mean ev­ery game we played was ours to lose. The loss to Kenya in the Sin­ga­pore, the loss to Samoa in Paris, the loss to Eng­land in the first game, the loss to South Africa in the semis and USA in the 3rd/4th play-off games, were gifts af­forded to these teams for play­ing smart rugby. Now the onus is on our coach Ben Ryan to select a core 7s team that will con­tinue to play stress and flus­ter free rugby for two days in Rio. As a one-off tour­na­ment, the play­ers should be big­ger, faster and stronger to main­tain the dis­ci­pline shown, are knowl­edge­able about the rules of the game, have the stamina to play strong er­ror-free rugby on the first day and stronger still on the sec­ond, with­out ever los­ing any games! We have done this at the Hong Kong 7s, years be­fore. Given the eight/nine weeks we have left be­fore the Olympics, we al­ready have such a team. Ryan just has to select our Dream Team and al­low them to gel and achieve the sec­ond ob­jec­tive he has given them. To win the in­au­gu­ral Olympic 7s crown and in turn, reap the gold medals they so de­serve, in do­ing so. Toso Viti - We Be­lieve We Will Win!!! their win was a fluke. Mean­while, it’s a huge achieve­ment for Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s coach Ben Ryan and the team win­ning their first World Rugby Sevens Se­ries back to back. Be­yond that, it will be a night­mare for Ryan when it comes to the se­lec­tion of play­ers for Rio. In­di­vid­u­als such as Waisea Nay­a­calevu, Vil­iame Mata and Ma­sivesi Dakuwaqa have def­i­nitely put on out­stand­ing per­for­mances adding pres­sure to the se­lec­tion process.

Once upon a time my soc­cer coach re­cruited 20 ex­tra play­ers. I asked him if he was go­ing to make two teams. He said no. I asked him why all these ex­tra for play­ers! He said I brought them in our team so they can’t play for any other team. May be that is why they let Jar­ryd Hayne play for Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s team. It seems that the bureau peo­ple can­not still swal­low the Min­is­ter’s de­ci­sion to shut them down for stop­ping peo­ple from fur­ther credit fa­cil­i­ties by pass­ing per­sonal fi­nance in­for­ma­tion around their net­work of com­pa­nies. The only un­fair treat­ment the bureau was pe­nal­is­ing in­no­cent cus­tomers with was list­ing their names in their his­tory books al­though the debt had been paid off. Why cry over spilt milk? The list of com­plaints lodged with con­sumer coun­cil was by those who wanted to or could af­ford to do it.

The rest of us are just silent vic­tims of these smart busi­ness-minded peo­ple who make money out of sell­ing in­for­ma­tion. Prob­a­bly they can wait for the next elec­tion for the next Min­is­ter for Fi­nance to do some­thing and in the mean­time a lot of peo­ple are happy about the clo­sure of the data bureau’s of­fice. one is ad­dressed “Na Gone Marama or Turaga Vakatubu mai Vale Levu”or “Na Gone Turaga Lailai mai Na­vat­ulevu” or “Na Gone Marama Lailai mai Lala­gavesi”, but as they age in life or once they are tra­di­tion­ally in­stalled to their re­spec­tive chiefly ti­tles by their King Mak­ers it changes from the use of “Na Gone” mean­ing a child to “Na Turaga Bale na Tui Bua” or “Na Turaga Bale na TuiNayau” or “Na Marama Bale na Tui Ba” . The ap­pli­ca­tion of the word “Na Gone” or child is now re­moved sig­ni­fy­ing they have come of age and have re­spect­fully ma­tured in as­cend­ing to their new chiefly role thus the di­rect re­fer­ral to their gen­der and la­bel “Na Marama Bale” or “Na Turaga Bale”. They are very well re­spected and held with high es­teem by their sub­jects de­pict­ing their Vanua sta­tus in her or his rank as they serve out their time, but I per­son­ally be­lieve the 70-year-old para­mount chief of the Bure­basaga Con­fed­er­acy should ap­pro­pri­ately and fit­tingly be ad­dressed as vanua

Na­tive Tribal Congress how to do things. Of course peo­ple do not think alike al­though they may agree on the pol­icy plat­forms of the party.

But I hope the dif­fer­ences are not too deep to be the cause of new par­ties. That will be the last thing we want if the dif­fer­ences are more im­por­tant than the sta­bil­ity of the na­tion. The party can­not be above the coun­try to di­vide it. Ev­ery govern­ment needs a loyal op­po­si­tion not a di­vided one.

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